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Liverpool Canoe Club and Local restrictions in our area from Tuesday 22nd September

Liverpool Canoe Club and Local restrictions in our area from Tuesday 22nd September

Many thanks for all who contributed to tonight`s Stewardship meeting to discuss the implications of the local restrictions due to be introduced in our area on Tuesday.   The consensus of the meeting was that the club already follows detailed Covid 19 guidance for members to take part in organised sporting activity at a club level and we do not need, at this stage, to take any further action to ensure that our members are kept as safe as possible.

However, please read the guidance on the main page of the club website Covid 19 guidance and follow any instructions given by coordinators and paddle leaders and coaches.  There is lots of advice there but please pay special attention to the following:

  • Please stay away if you have any symptoms or are self-isolating.
  • Please use hand sanitiser immediately before and after paddling.
  • Remain in your car until called forward to enter the compound and leave as soon as possible after you have finished.
  • Do not chat or socialise with anyone else from another group while in or around the compound and maintain 2m distance at all times.

Liverpool Canoe Club Advice on Covid 19

Congratulations to Ruth Edwards and Mike Alter who were married yesterday

Congratulations to Ruth Edwards and Mike Alter who were married yesterday

Unfortunately, the current restriction’s meant that numbers at both the wedding and reception (afternoon tea party) were restricted but there were several paddling friends and family there to mark the happy occasion. I particularly liked the pair of S6 playboats which guarded the entrance to the venue. We do like a “paddlers wedding”.

In memory of Alastair Randall

In memory of Alastair Randall

Our friend Alastair Randall died suddenly at home on 11th August. He left behind a partner Vikki and two wonderful young children, Sophie aged 8 and Ethan aged 3. To lose your father at such a young age is tragic, so we’re organising a competition to raise some money for this young family after their tragic loss.

It’s simple to enter, please just send £5 to paypal via friends and family (Elon Musk and his chums really don’t need any more money), to along with your answer to the following question:

How many blades are there on a kayak paddle?

A) Two

B) Haddock

c) Eleventy Three

Alternatively, you can click the link at the bottom of this post or you can enter in store, with cold hard cash.

All correct entries will be entered into a draw to win one of the following prizes:

A North Shore Atlantic RM Sea Kayak, you can choose which size – generously donated by

Valley Sea Kayaks

A Peak UK Drysuit, you can choose the model and size – generously donated by

Peak UK

NRS Odyssey PFD

NRSCo-pilot Titanium

NRS Mamba Pogies

WRSI Trident Carbon

NRS Kayak Tow Line all generously donated by



A £200 Gift Voucher from

TNR Outdoors

which can be spent on coaching courses, first aid training or just river fees at the mill.

A days sea Kayak coaching for two generously donated by

Adventure Elements

A days coaching for two generously donated by

Kayak Essentials

A days coaching for two generously donated by Adam Harmer

An HF Throw-Tow generously donated by System X

Five x £100 gift vouchers to be spent in our store Summit to Sea, they can be used online or instore.

There are some great prizes here and they will all be won. We’re hoping to be adding to these in the next few days and weeks, so watch this space.

Please, please support this, the money won’t bring him back, but it will help secure the future for the family of a generous, gentleman paddler who was taken from them and us his friends far too soon.

Thank you for your support, the draw will be held on 1st November after the Paddle for Al at Mile End Mill, Llangollen.

Please don’t forget to add a message with your answer to the question AND if you send using Friends and Family they will receive every penny

If you missed last night’s talk by Caz and Pete Thomas you can now watch it on the Club YouTube Link…..

If you missed last night’s talk by Caz and Pete Thomas you can now watch it on the Club YouTube Link…..


Outer Hebrides – North Uist and Isle of Lewis by Caz and Pete Thomas

Carole and I were fortunate enough last year to be invited on Mark and Eileen Pawley’s Hebridean holiday and were so impressed with the place that we invited ourselves back this year. Hear all about our paddling adventures at tomorrow night’s virtual talk. (You do not need a camera or microphone to watch the video stream, but you can ask questions if you do have them)

Upcoming talks

Monday 19th Club Awards Evening, Talks and AGM

Monday 12th October St Kilda trip with Gordon Brown in 2018 by, Kris D’Aout

Monday 5th October Folding Kayaks and expeditions by Tim Haines

Monday 28th September Skye by Jenny Brown and Chris Thompson

Monday 21st September Sheffield or Bust by Brian Green

Monday 14th September Outer Hebrides Caz and Pete Thomas Club YouTube Link…..

Liverpool Canoe Club Talks return on the 14th of September – 7:30 to 8:10pm

Outer Hebrides – North Uist and Isle of Lewis by Caz and Pete Thomas

Carole and I were fortunate enough last year to be invited on Mark and Eileen Pawley’s Hebridean holiday and were so impressed with the place that we invited ourselves back this year. Hear all about our paddling adventures at tomorrow night’s virtual talk. (You do not need a camera or microphone to watch the video stream, but you can ask questions if you do have them)

Username and password sent to member via google group

Upcoming talks

Monday 19th Club Awards Evening, Talks and AGM

Monday 12th October ???

Monday 5th October ???

Monday 28th September Skye by Jenny Brown and Chris Thompson

Monday 21st September Sheffield or Bust by Brian Green

Monday 14th September Outer Hebrides Caz and Pete Thomas

Summer break

21st July River Rottnan from Norway to Sweden by Debbie Hughes

14th July West coast of Scotland Oban to Jura by Ian Bell Club YouTube Link….

7th July Hiking and sea kayaking on Vancouver Island by Catriona Hare Club YouTube Link….

30th June Costa Brava Sea Kayaking Club Trip – Pete and Carol Thomas  Club YouTube Link….   

23rd June Prince William Sound by kayak – Alison Moxley and Keith Steer Club YouTube Link….

16th June Constrains led approach in coaching by Matt Giblin Club YouTube Link….

9th June Walking through the Tobeatic with canoes on our heads by Roger Coleman Club YouTube Link….

2nd June Greenland revisited by Jim Krawiecki Club YouTube Link…

26th May Sun Khosi River of Gold by Jenny Brown and Chris Thompson Club YouTube Link….

19th May Hiking the Te Araroa trail in New Zealand by Hannah Bellamy Club YouTube Link…….

12th May Circumnavigation of Menorca by Pete Thomas Club YouTube Link…

5th May Sea kayaking in East Greenland by Jim Krawiecki Club YouTube Link…

28th April Bowron Lakes by Ian Bell  Club YouTube Link……

21st April Turner Tours Ltd Open Boat Expedition to Canada by Keith Steer

Club Expedition to Skye 2020 Day 12 (Wednesday) 19th August – Camas na Geadaig (Scalpay) to Balmacara

Club Expedition to Skye 2020
“Team Alaska go on a Skye #staycation!”

Day 12 (Wednesday) 19th August – Camas na Geadaig (Scalpay) to Balmacara

We were up and the forecast was for gale force winds coming in that night slightly ahead of schedule. It was a midge-tastic morning, so we raced onto the water in our head nets and quickly paddled offshore in hope of some wind – nothing! Once we had out paddled the midges we made a plan. There was a fog bank over the Crowlin Islands, it wasn’t that thick but with no wind it might not have been moving soon.

We went with plan B to make sure we were safely off the water and not caught out crossing the sound in fog or high winds if they came in early. Getting storm bound for a couple of days only an hour from the cars wouldn’t have been much fun. We did 17.6 miles round the tree lined west and south of Scalpay and over to Pabay for a bite to eat before heading through the bridge back to the cars.

The heat of the day increased, the fog lifted and atmospheric clouds were left hanging round the mountain tops. As we went under Skye bridge Jenny was melting in her midge safety suit (cool weather paddling kit). Just passed the jetty on the Skye side was a massive sand crab and another castle. We crossed back to the Scottish mainland – no naked Yoga man this time – then got to the cars at low water. Vic went for 10 victory rolls and we started to carry the kit over the seaweeds and rocks to the cars.

Ian and Keith set off for home ahead of the wind while Vic, Chris and Jenny stopped for lunch by the sea in the sun. They were going to stop overnight rather than heading straight home. Vic headed to Dalwhinnie to consider paddling Loch Ericht if the weather wasn’t too bad. Chris and Jen went to the north coast of Skye. That night the wind picked up at 1:30am and howled all the next day – it was definitely a good decision to get off the water when we did and finish as we started, paddling in perfect conditions! All got home with no news of roof racks flying off cars in the strong wind. Now to look forward to the next adventure.

Jenny Brown     More Photos……….    

Club Expedition to Skye 2020 Day 11 (Tuesday) 18th August – Manish Point to Camas na Geadaig (Scalpay)

Club Expedition to Skye 2020
“Team Alaska go on a Skye #staycation!”

Day 11 (Tuesday) 18th August – Manish Point to Camas na Geadaig (Scalpay)

We launched at 7:30am (Keith was still in his tent!), packing the boats the night before knowing we would be setting off at high water where we’d left the boats tied up. There was a bit of a swell on the water surging up the rocks and making a splash. As we came south level with Portree the wind dropped, and the sea became flat. There was a  fab “Skye line” in front of us as we paddled. There were lots of caves and rock formations to potter around with seals and sea eagles.

We had had 9’s on a beach with a stream to refill our bottles. We paddled on through huge swarms of jellyfish – oddly enough no one fancied doing any rolling practice! Next stop was lunch just round the west side of the Rassay Ferry terminal. We found a perfectly positioned bench with a grassy verge and watched the ferry come and go. Lots of Urchins and fish around the jetty.

The breeze returned as we crossed to Scalpay to camp on a sandy beach with grass backing and 2 streams, one either side of the bay. The gravel on the upper beach had an orangey purple stripe. It was a slightly shorter day – covering 13.5 miles. Vic went out fishing again while Chris estimated that the circumnavigation of Skye would have been about 150miles – so we’d ended up doing a greater distance island hopping.

The strong winds were still on the forecast for Thursday evening. Plan A was still an option, but the mornings forecast would have to be checked to make the final call. We went to bed listening to the bees buzzing about as the heather was out.

Jenny Brown     More Photos……….    

Club Expedition to Skye 2020 Day 10 (Monday) 17th August –Brochel Bay (Rassay) to Manish Point (Via Rona)

Club Expedition to Skye 2020 “Team Alaska go on a Skye #staycation!”

Day 10 (Monday) 17th August –Brochel Bay (Rassay) to Manish Point (Via Rona)

Another long day on the water – 20.4 miles. We were up and packed by 7:40am to find a toad hiding under the kayaks. Today we were off to Rona with plenty of seals and sea birds on the way. Ian spotted a dear and a whale.

We had elevenses at an MOD site on the northern tip of the island under the lighthouse. There was a nice breeze and a slight swell behind us as we started to paddle south. There was storm winds on the forecast later in the week so we were coming up with a Plan A (paddle to the Crowlin Islands, camp at Uags and head to the cars Thursday morning) and Plan B (head along the Skye coast sheltering from the SW winds and straight to the cars early afternoon Wed) to make sure we were in a good position to respond as the forecast updated.

We paddled past the small islands of Eilean Tigh and Eilean Fladday stopping in caves and navigating through cracks in the cliffs off Raasay. The views of Skye where fabulous along the Skye cliffs and out to Lewis on the horizon. The breeze started to die so it was time to find a camp before the midges came out. We found a cobbled beach at Manish Point with a stream, pitched and made drinks before quickly taking cover from the midges in our tents. In Jenny’s case head net and full paddling kit seemed the most effective protection – even if a little hot! A short rain shower was very welcome, but not quite enough to fully clear the midges.

As the evening sun returned we snuck out to make dinner and Vic tied the boats up to a large rock as there wasn’t a huge amount of space above the seaweed line and we weren’t quite sure where high water would come to. The boats were packed after dinner in preparation for a speedy departure as we thought it could be midge-tastic in the morning. There was wood around and we were tempted to make a fire, but the midges returned so we jumped back into our tents. We were all content that we’d managed to cook outside though as that’s always nicer than cold wraps in the tent for dinner.

Jenny Brown     More Photos……….    

Open Canoes on the River Tweed 2020 A bank holiday adventure

Open Canoes on the River Tweed 2020

A bank holiday adventure


The August Bank holiday was fast approaching, and several ideas were put forward, white water, sea kayaking and Open Canoeing. Strong winds on the Llyn Peninsula, lack of white water resulted in a three-day trip down the river Tweed on the Scottish border. Club open canoes were available, but we ended up with 6 paddlers all paddling their own craft: Brian, Keith, Ian, Graham, Andrew and Gareth. We all headed up on Friday evening / night and camped, bivvied or stayed in a hotel. We met up early on the Saturday in Peebles.


Graha.m Rowe

Gareth Jones



Andy Garland

Day 1 (Saturday) 29th August – Peebles to Melrose

Brian, Ian and Andy had borrowed a small trailer and travelled up together very late last night and had kipped in the camper in Kingsmeadow Car Park. Keith and Graham had found a small forest track and camped while Gareth had booked a room in a hotel and enjoyed breakfast. We all met at 8:30am and were on the water by 9:00am. The plan was jump a taxi at the end for the three drivers and this would give us the flexibility to finish where ever we liked.

Most loaded the boats with a couple of large dry bags with tent, stove and three days food and clothes. The river was high for August with the current flowing swiftly – 1.5m to 2m on the Norham Gauge. Consequently, paddling was a delight with many small waves and ripples, a few tricky bits but we were whizzing down the river being pushed quickly by the current.

We paddled past large houses, wooded valleys, castles and great countryside. This was going to be a relaxed trip with improving weather. We sped through Innerleithen and found a good spot to stop for elevenses at 11:00am! and immediately put a brew on and enjoyed a quick snack.

Back on the water we soon approached a level horizon, a sure sign of a weir at Walkerburn. We could hear the white water below and standing up we tried to spy a safe route through. One of gillies with a client called out “you will need to inspect it”. We landed on the left and Graham immediately pronounce he was going to line his Cedar Strip homemade canoe down. Ian and Keith decided to run a small gap on the left with Andy following. Brian and Gareth decided to line their boats safely down.

The next 10 or so km were very enjoyable with many small rapids and good scenery. Ashiesteel rapids followed by Yair Cauld (weir) and Fairnilee rapid. All a good grade 1-2 and ideal of open canoes. We passed Abbotsford house on the left and soon came across Melrose Cauld (weir). This had waves below and was mostly washed out.

Soon after we found a left-hand bend with cut-off making a kind of island with a large red cliff on the river right (30m high). We decided to stop on a small stone beach and camp for the night as we were well out of site of the houses of Melrose above. Stoves were fired up, tents erected and most managed to find a comfortable spot. Only Andy failed to test his sleeping spot and suffered a pebbly and uncomfortable night. We chilled out next to the river, Gareth made used of an old “men at work” sign to set his stove up on. We were early to bed after our late evening the day before.

Day 2 (Sunday) 30th August – Melrose to Upsettlington

After a good night’s sleep, we were up and sorting breakfast and packing tents away early. We were on the water for 8:30am but the river had dropped a little from the previous day but was still at a very good summer level. We very quickly came across the triple bridges (An old railway Viaduct / Old road bridge / new A68 road bridge).

We soon came across Merton Cauld (weir). This had massive waves below and most portaged on the river right. Keith got out on river left and managed to find a good route over a sloping weir face with plenty of water. Clearly there was far too much water to take the slot in the middle.

After a further 5km we were expecting another weir (Rutherford Cauld). There was a small rapid ahead and it did not look like a weir,  so we drifted up to the edge and then one after another paddled over. The waves were considerably bigger than expected but we had little time to prepare and get settled in our canoes. Looking back, I saw Brian out of his boat, but it had remained upright – he was holding on to a cow’s tail at the back and was waving and smiling so all was good. Ian managed to get to him as he drifted downstream still in the wave train and Brian managed to climb over Ian`s canoe and into his. We all eddied out behind a fisherman`s wing dam or wing dyke (artificial wall into the river) to bail out.

We were now approaching 58 kms downstream from Peebles marked by Makerstoun House on the Left. The three rapids that followed are the most difficult on river however with the river so high they were relatively easy. Upper and Middle Makerstoun rapids were large grade 2 in these conditions and paddled down through picking our way and floating over any rock ledges or obstructions which were fully covered. Lower Makerstoun rapid is normally more difficult with a line down the right. Today it could be shot on the left, middle or right and we did all three. The rapid was an easy grade 3 minus but could be tricky for open canoes if low. We stopped for lunch on the river left to try and get away from the Mayflies. An MSR stove was fired up and we soon all had a warm tea or coffee and food to recharge our energy levels.

We paddled on a Further 7 kms or so and soon came across Kelso and Kelso weir. This was easily shot on river right, but various routes were available in the middle which are more suited to kayaks. Graham again lined his cedar strip canoe down to prevent any damage and we were soon paddling through the town and over another small weir below the road bridge in the town.

After some more small rapids and 5kms we  came across Banff Mill and its weir which we took on river left. This had a series of 4 small drops or weirs with a wave train through the last.

More rapids and a couple of small weirs led us to Coldstream which was approach around a large looping meander bend. There is a statue high on a column on the left bank. The high walls of the town lead to a road bridge with a weir immediately below. (Shoot through the right and arch if the bridge).

7km more led us onto the last of 6 maps and we started to look for a camp for the night. We found a large river terrace on a left-hand meander bend just past Upsettington Estate. This had a levee or embankment which would hide us from the few houses and a fisherman’s cottage beyond. We dragged the canoes up the short slope and started to set up tents and make the evening meal. It had been a long day, but we were easily in reach of tidal parts of the river and the sea beyond.

Later a salmon fisherman and his partner stopped to chat about the river and our journey. It turned out they were from Chester and regularly came up to Berwick to fish. There is of course no fly fishing on a Sunday which is why we had seen very few during the day. Gareth found time to walk into Norham and find a local pub run by a family from Merseyside who were serving food and beer. He tells us he returned shortly after dark, but we were all fast asleep by then.

Day 3 (Monday) 31st August – Upsettlington to Berwick-Upon-Tweed

The plan was to get up early and paddle into Berwick for a late breakfast. We all rose early after a great night’s sleep, stoves roared away as we packed up our gear and enjoyed a quick breakfast of porridge. We slid into the water shortly after 6:30am and paddled past some gravel islands and the first of 3 bridges. Shortly after Horncliffe the river becomes tidal and we had timed it exactly right  to have the last of any dropping tide scoot us along to the outskirts of Berwick-Upon-Tween and the A1 road bridge. We paddled through the town and harbour area towards the lifeboat ramp and an adjoining slipway and landed for a late breakfast at about 9:00am

After a few photos we unloaded our boats and carried them up either slipway or rocky beach. Gareth rang for the pre-arranged taxi and the guy said he would be about 20 minutes but was a little surprised that we were at Berwick and not Coldstream as arranged a few days before. The use of the taxi had saved a lot of time on the first day with the shuttle taking more than 3 hrs there and back. In the end we paid £100 for the taxi, which was about £17 each, a bargain in the end which reduced the number of car journeys from 9 to only 3!

We soon packed up, loaded our canoes and cleared the slipway which now had 3 boats waiting to launch on the incoming tide. They were more than patient with us and were interested in our bank holiday adventure. We were all on the road heading south before 1 pm.

More Photos……….